Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/6/14
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Joe Blanton made it work with a little help from his friends. The Phillies have finally snapped their losing streak.  After losing six in a row, the Phillies pulled out a win against the Baltimore Orioles 9-6.  Joe Blanton started for the Phils and muscled his way into the seventh inning after the offense gave him a 7-0 lead after the second inning.Bailing out Blanton – The offense helped out starter Blanton staking him to a huge lead early in the ball game.  This gave Charlie Manuel the option to let his righty take it as far as he could before calling on the bullpen.  At 115 pitches and two outs into the seventh the call was made.  Blanton struck out seven, allowed five runs and gave up another home run.  His ERA is still well above five but he does have five wins.  For now, I will take it.Tater mashing time – Jim Thome didn’t go yard tonight but did collect three hits in his first three at bats.  The 41 year-old obviously is very comfortable DH-ing during these inter league ga...
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